• Ashley Eslaquit

DIY: Patchwork Denim

Hello my fellow readers! In today’s post, I give you all another step-by-step DIY on how to transform an old pair of jeans into a super stylish patchwork denim skirt! I recently saw one on Pinterest and got completely obsessed over it SO of course I had to try to make one for myself. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • A pair of old jeans (skinny or flare, style doesn’t matter)

  • Scraps of denim material/fabric 

  • Scissors 

  • Tape measure/ruler

  • Pins

  • Matching thread 

  • Seam ripper

  • Sewing machine

Step 1: 

Measure how long you’d want your skirt to be and cut accordingly (of course I pictured it backwards but you guys get the jist lol). Mine was 17 inches just to be safe!

Step 2:

Cut the inseam of the jeans, starting at one leg and going around to finish on the other

Step 3:

Cut the crotch part up until you get close to the zipper. Repeat for both front and back sides. 

Step 4: 

Overlap excess fabric until the skirt lays flat. Pin in place and sew. Repeat on both front and back sides. After that you’ll start to notice it looking like an actual skirt! Yay!

Step 5:

Using the skirt as a template, I cut up a bunch of rectangles/squares of the denim scraps I had to layout how the front and back pieces were going to look like. Once I was done I pinned it all into place. 

Note — I cut the front and back pieces about half an inch longer on the sides for seam allowance. Don’t forget to add seam allowance into your pattern!

This is what you should end up with:

It doesn’t have to be perfect, so don’t stress because it’ll come out amazing!

Step 6: 

It’s now time to sew everything all together. I wanted the seams to be frayed a bit so I sewed the seams with the WRONG sides together and RIGHT sides showing. To get the frayed look I ran my scissors up and down the seams. 

Once the fraying is complete, it should look something like this:

Step 7:

Once the back and front pieces are sewn, it’s time to put it all together! I kept the first 4 inches of the skirt template (cutting everything from right below the zipper) on both sides so the skirt can keep its shape. With the remaining skirt template, I cut up the sides so I can then pin the back and front pieces in place. Here, I have the back piece already sewn on. 

Step 8

To add the back pockets, I used a seam ripper to cut them off. 

This is what it should look like once they're pinned in place:

 I ended up moving the pockets higher so they were about 2 inches below the waistband. 

Step 9:

Once the pockets are sewn on, it’s time to close up the side seams. To do this I did the same process to sew the patches on, except I pinned the side seams RIGHT sides together and WRONG sides out. That way, it can look like a normal finished seam instead of it being frayed. Try it on for size and adjust the length if necessary. After that, it’s all done! Now you’ve got yourself a statement making skirt.

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